5Q'S chanae richards, FOUNDER ọlọrọ interiors : A Q&A BETWEEN WOMEN WHO'VE STARTED THEIR OWN BUSINESS
5Q'S chanae richards, FOUNDER ọlọrọ interiors:
A Q&A BETWEEN WOMEN WHO'VE STARTED THEIR OWN BUSINESS
I’m interior design obsessed. My obsession exists mainly because I aspire to be perpetually at home or on vacation. When I can’t be on vacation, I want my home to feel like a sanctuary and a cozy space to enjoy my life. I discovered Chanae Richards warm and inviting interior spaces and thought, how important it is to share her story with you. Her insight is important and informative while her minimalist style gives all of the vibes!
1. Looking back on your first job, what skill did you use that you still use today?
My first job was as a cashier at the McDonald’s on Allerton Avenue in the Bronx. My title was only a formality. Everyone was expected to do any and everything. I manned the fry station, organized stock, was a runner in drive thru, mopped spills and even watered our plants. The takeaway which I still use today is a willingness to own each part of the business.
2. Was there a defining moment that made you start your business?
I had a few projects under my belt before I even considered starting a business. As those projects grew more complex, I thought it was wise to get my ducks in a row. Though I can’t recall a specific moment, I do remember being asked by a company I was negotiating with for an invoice. Things began to become real then.
3. What was he first step you took to launch your brand?
Securing my brand name across all social sites and building a website were first. Simultaneously, I worked on my service offerings and pricing structure.
4. What is the greatest lesson learned in your first year in business?
Understanding what I do particularly well and my areas of opportunity were the biggest lessons. This enabled me to get a better handle on what should be outsourced so I could then focus on those areas I enjoyed most.
5. What is your best piece of advice for your fellow Female Founder?
Start somewhere. Really. Just start! That idea you’ve been dreaming about isn’t going to work unless you do. Make the first move. Then the next. You’ll find the resources needed to succeed.
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